Scott Brown is correct that this is “the people’s seat, and “not “Teddy’s seat.” The Democratic party is not entitled to win the election. Neither is the Republican party. The person who should follow Senator Kennedy is the person best suited to improve the lives of those he or she represents. In this election, that person is Martha Coakley.
This is a critical race for the nation as well as the commonwealth. The results will impact federal health care legislation and have far-reaching consequences for all of us. With so much misinformation out there, what’s a voter to do?
If you look past the campaign rhetoric and examine the policies, accomplishments and tactics of each candidate, the choice is easy. Scott Brown, despite his claims to be an independent thinker, has accomplished little legislatively to support this claim. On Beacon Hill, Brown has made a name for himself as a staunchly conservative voice. He has consistently used his voice to discredit solutions proposed by other legislators, rather than to be constructive and improve proposals and initiatives. He has proved that he would take the same approach to Washington saying that he would be “proud to be the 41st vote” against the health care bill – he did not say that he will work to improve the bill, but that he will block the bill. It seems clear that, should he win, he will be a Jeff Sessions Republican, always voting with his party, not independently like a Susan Collins Republican or even a Lindsey Graham Republican.
As a strong believer in a woman’s right to choose, I also cannot get past the fact that, in 2005, Brown sponsored an amendment that would have allowed medical personnel to deny emergency contraceptives to rape victims. The fact that he now has his daughter attack Coakley for reminding voters of that is insulting.
Brown wants us to take a chance on him and, while he is correct that we can kick him out in three years if we don’t like him, the fact remains that three years is plenty of time for him to ensure that Republicans can block progress for the sake of politics.
Martha Coakley, despite running a less-than-inspired campaign, has demonstrated throughout her career intellectual chops and a willingness to stand firm in the face of opposition. In Washington, she will be an independent thinker who does not automatically vote along party lines. She has significant experience and has shown a strong commitment to going after those who violate the public trust in her role as Attorney General. She has worked to coordinate plans for public safety and has gone after those who seek to harm Americans. Her range of experiences will benefit her well in Washington and her commitment to progress will benefit all of us.
I understand that many Brown votes are coming from people trying to send a message to Washington. However, I submit that the best way to send a message of discontent is to elect someone who will be focused on getting things done and making the country better. Throughout this campaign, Scott Brown has shown a willingness to lie, exaggerate and distort to get your vote. And his career has given us every indication he would carry that willingness to Washington. A vote for Scott Brown is a vote against progress and shows support for the partisan gridlock that has defined Washington for too long.
If we are sick of Senators who are more interested in holding press conferences than affecting progress, let’s elect someone who has proven she will ask the tough questions, work proactively in the legislature and hold people accountable for their actions. That is what Martha Coakley has done throughout her career and that is what I am convinced she will do as our next Senator.
Please vote next Tuesday and please cast your ballot for Martha Coakley.
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We are one day away from the primary and Attorney General Martha Coakley has received quite the gift. Former President Bill Clinton (who remains extremely popular in Massachusetts) has recorded a telephone message that will be blasted to about 500,000 people during the day today. Designed to remind people to vote and encourage them to support Coakley it is hard to imagine that such a powerful endorsement won’t have a strong impact on undecided voters.
Late today I will post my endorsements (easily as important as President Clinton’s) and please don’t forget to vote tomorrow!
Endorsements are a funny thing. When they come from unions or other large organizations they provide foot solidiers to help the campaign in the final days. When they come from individuals they get the candidate’s name in the news in a (usually) positive light – always a good thing. For undecided voters they can be that final tipping point for or against a particular candidate. If you are between two candidates and three people you really respect endorse one of the two…well, that can help push you to a final choice. By the same token if someone you generally disagree with makes an endorsement that can swing you to someone else. So, while they are not a substitute for really learning as much as you can about your options, they are a good way to make or confirm your final choice. Coming on Monday, some of our fellow citizens will share who they are supporting and why – I encourage all of you to consider posting your choice and reasoning in the comments section of that post. Together we can help any undecided voters make up their mind!
In the meantime, however, here are some of the notable endorsements of this primary season.
Martha Coakley – Click here for a full list
Former President Bill Clinton
Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
Many mayors including Kim Driscoll (Salem) and Setti Warren (Newton)
Many members of the State Senate and State House of Reps including Senate President Therese Murray and Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry
Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police
National Association of Police Organizations
More than 50 different unions and professional organizations
Mike Capuano – Click here for a full list
Former Governor Mike Dukakis
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Congressmen Ed Markey, Barney Frank, Stephen Lynch, Jim McGovern, Richard E. Neal, John Olver, John Tierney
First Lady Diane Patrick
Former First Lady Kitty Dukakis
Many members of the State Senate and State House of Reps including Marian Walsh and Stephen Buoniconti
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Massachusetts, AFL-CIO AND Massachusetts Teachers Association
Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP)
Steve Pagliuca – Click here for more on Steve Pagliuca
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Paul Pierce, Danny Ainge, Ray Allen and many other prominent members of the Celtics have appeared at Pagliuca events
A Pagliuca spokesman, when asked by the Boston Globe to identify any major endorsements responded “endorsements are not a focus of our campaign.” His website touts the fact that they are “winning the endorsements of thousands of Democrats across the state.”
Alan Khazei – Click here for more on Alan Khazei
General Wesley Clark
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Blue Mass Group
Scott Brown – Click here for more on Scott Brown
ALL GOP members of the Massachusetts State Senate and State House of Representatives
Jack E. Robinson – Click here for more on Jack E. Robinson
No notable endorsements…yet